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Your views: on Ann Marie Smith, Australia Post and police

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Today, readers comment on a disabled woman’s neglect and death, mail service and police arrests.

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Commenting on the story: SA Police seeking help to find Ann Marie Smith’s missing jewellery

Never again should our vulnerable be left to the mercy of the misnomer of ‘care’.

I cannot call it ‘care’, as what Ann Marie received was neglect. It is sickening, it is horrific.

The joy this beautiful woman gained from the beauty of the custom-made jewellery now revealed as “missing”.

I cannot imagine how Ann Marie’s last days must have been. But I do know bed sores and the resulting sepsis is a horrible way to die. And it should not have happened.

The service provider is accountable. We, her ‘neighbours’, the community are accountable. For goodness sake, it is 2020.

How can a woman whose parents provided so generously for this poor woman’s lifetime care be so let down, so ignored by providers, neighbours and the community who all know better?

Ann Marie’s face of trust and innocence, just as Chloe Valentine’s face of innocence, should be imprinted in the minds of the State’s service providers, Government agencies and us, the community.

Compassionate care and honesty were missing at every facet of Ann Marie’s life, she trusted people to provide for her and to keep her safe and her property safe.

It is sickening; it is horrific. It defies belief. – Elizabeth  Owen

Commenting on the opinion piece: No return to sender on Australia Post mail reforms

If Australia Post wants to be seen as a reliable parcel delivery service, then perhaps ring the doorbell and deliver a parcel that they’ve been paid well to deliver.

Sticking a card:  ‘you were out (we weren’t)  so you need to collect it from the post office’ in the letter box doesn’t demonstrate reliability.

Dismissive attitudes to those who complain about this lack of service cause antagonism. – Alan Strickland

Commenting on the story: Marshall denies involvement in release of Indigenous man

While it is clear that in a few cases police have overstepped the mark, I hope in all of this public outcry that police don’t become so intimidated that they cannot carry out their duties properly when confronted by real criminals. Constantine G Manias

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